Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs: Game Preview
By Kelly Iko
Tonight’s game in San Antonio will be one of the most important of the season for the Houston Rockets.
In the latest episode of Moreyball, the Beard and the gang head to San Antonio tonight as the Houston Rockets take on the Spurs.
As the playoffs draw nearer and nearer, games like these seem to have more significance than an October or November meeting. This is the first game of a seemingly tough week, in which the Houston Rockets will face four playoff teams (Utah, Cleveland, and Chicago the others).
Currently, Houston trails San Antonio in head to head meetings 2-1, losing a nail biter 102-100 on December 20. In all three games, a mere 10 points separate the two teams. Because this could be a potential second round match up, the Rockets will be desperate to even the season series and stamp their claim as a true contender in the West.
The Rockets are riding a two game winning streak over Memphis and LA and are winners of 8 out of their last 10. San Antonio is 48-13, moving from strength to strength with every passing game, and looks more and more deadly as the season wears on.
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Despite finding themselves in surprisingly close contests the past three games with Minnesota, Indiana, and New Orleans, the Spurs find different ways to win each night.
Kawhi Leonard is having a real MVP season, but isn’t getting as much recognition as you’d expect because of the NBA 2K-like seasons of Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
A quality road win tonight over a perennial contender and in-state rival could go to provide even more confidence for a young fiery team in Houston, led by MVP-candidate James Harden. But Houston will have to be on its toes tonight.
Communication, defense, and timely shots will be the keys to winning this game tonight. Look for San Antonio to try and send different looks at Harden to throw him off.
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Tip-off is at 8:30 PM CST and can be seen on Root Sports Southwest Network. Lastly, stay tuned to Space City Scoop for postgame analysis and other Houston Rockets news!